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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Vihiga go top

Vihiga United’s Patrick Okullo against Tusker FC’s   Marion Tangawizi  (R)during a friendly match at Chavakali Boys High School.
Vihiga United’s Patrick Okullo against Tusker FC’s Marion Tangawizi (R)during a friendly match at Chavakali Boys High School. /courtesy
Promotion hopefuls Vihiga United briefly surged to the top of the National Super League standings table after they walloped new boys Kibera All Stars 3-0 at Jericho’s Camp Toyoyo stadium yesterday morning.
In front of the watching club patron and Vihiga County Governor, Moses Akaranga, Vihiga took the lead five minutes to the break as skipper Patrick Okullo headed in the rebound after Kibera’s dread-locked custodian Paul Ochieng failed to hold on to a fierce free-kick from former AFC Leopards and Kenyan international Martin Imbambala. Okullo then doubled his side’s lead just after the hour mark finishing smartly after being picked out by Amos Kigadi.
Ugandan Rashid Kyambade added the final nail in Kibera’s coffin to improve Edward Manoah’s charges’ points tally to 17 from eight matches while Kibera, who got their first win last Friday, are still down in 16th place.
There were tension prior to the opening goal when influential Vihiga playmaker Kevin Muhanji was stretchered off and whisked to hospital after coming off the worse in a tussle for the ball with Kibera’s Titus Omondi.
After an opening half an hour in which both sides marched each other for endeavor, it was Kibera who should have taken the lead in the 32nd minute when Ronald Reagan headed woefully wide from point blank range.
Shortly after, it was Kigadi’s moment to miss an inviting chance heading the ball against the post with Ochieng beaten. Then when Omondi fouled Muhanji, Imbalambala stepped up to power an effort goalwards that Ochieng spilled allowing Okullo to pounce and change the course of the game.
After the game, Akaranga revealed that they had set a minimum target of finishing top for both the club and their coach, Manoah.
”Last year we did very well in our first season in the league. Now we have set a minimum target of getting promotion to the Premier League,” said Akaranga, who was among the spectators in the 11am kick off.
Akaranga further revealed that the county assembly had approved a budget of Sh40 million to cater for the clubs expenses adding that it was now up to the players to get the desired results.
“The county had invested a lot in this team and we will continue to do more. By the end of the year we plan to revamp the Kidundu Stadium to attain the required Fifa standards. To that end, the county plans to buy land adjacent to the stadium to complete the development,” he revealed.

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